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Anybody know where the Moog logo comes from?

Post by Cpt Beardheart » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:20 am

Specifically, the O with the thing in the middle, looks like maybe a flag, or maybe a part of a sixteenth note or something. Maybe a symbol from a schematic diagram.

Has that always been part of the brand? Does it have any kind of meaning, or is it just another corporate logo?

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Post by stiiiiiiive » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:23 am

Cpt Beardheart wrote: or maybe a part of a sixteenth note
I think this is it.

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Post by thealien666 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:36 am

I think it's a pitch fork in the shape of a note. I think it dates back to 1972, when R. A. Moog became Moog Music. Who designed it? I don't know.
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Post by Voltor07 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:13 pm

thealien666 wrote:I think it's a pitch fork in the shape of a note. I think it dates back to 1972, when R. A. Moog became Moog Music. Who designed it? I don't know.

Actually, it has been used since the R.A. Moog days, prior to 1972. The first modules had the logo, and I believe the theremin ads in Electronics World prior to the modules used the same 16th note in an O logo. :wink:

EDIT: a quick search on Moog Archives shows theremins from 1960 with the logo.
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Post by thealien666 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:03 pm

You're right Voltor07. About the O. My bad... :oops:

But the name Moog, with that O in it, wasn't used in the days of R. A. Moog, was it ?
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Post by Voltor07 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:22 pm

thealien666 wrote:You're right Voltor07. About the O. My bad... :oops:

But the name Moog, with that O in it, wasn't used in the days of R. A. Moog, was it ?


Yes, but it was later in that company. Remember, R.A. Moog lasted until 1972. The earliest modules, other than the prototypes, were made in 1968, and featured the 16th note O logo. :)

Edit- The MOOG with the 16th note O first appeared in 1972.
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Post by Kenneth » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:48 pm

I always thought the thing inside the "o" was two keys. That's probably not right, but that's what I see when I look at it.
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Post by Voltor07 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:56 pm

Kenneth wrote:I always thought the thing inside the "o" was two keys. That's probably not right, but that's what I see when I look at it.


I just noticed that. But, I'm pretty sure it's a 16th note. :)
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Post by EMwhite » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:46 am

Actually the 'Ultra short form catalog' included the logo with "R. A. Moog Co." and the Trumansburg address and was published in October, 1965 so the logo goes back at least that far.

The catalog depicted the 901, 901-A and 901-B oscillators for $195, $85, and $125 respectively (cheaper than the synthesizer.com gear that Voltor is about to buy!).

I have a very clean image of the catalog that I won't give you because it is part of a set of copyrighted material that I purchased. : )

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Post by Voltor07 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:56 am

EMwhite wrote:The catalog depicted the 901, 901-A and 901-B oscillators for $195, $85, and $125 respectively (cheaper than the synthesizer.com gear that Voltor is about to buy!).


Not when you adjust for inflation. $195 was a ton of money back when the average price of a new car was $2650. :wink:
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Post by museslave » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:46 pm

The Moog logo got its start in 1964, for the ten year anniversary of R. A. Moog. It is described in both of the 1964 R.A. Moog catalogs... especially the one where the first modules were mentioned after AES.

The parts inside the o are notes. The surrounding o "creates unity and movement."

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Post by Voltor07 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:47 pm

museslave wrote:The Moog logo got its start in 1964, for the ten year anniversary of R. A. Moog. It is described in both of the 1964 R.A. Moog catalogs... especially the one where the first modules were mentioned after AES.

The parts inside the o are notes. The surrounding o "creates unity and movement."


That makes perfect sense. Thanks, museslave! :mrgreen:
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Re: Anybody know where the Moog logo comes from?

Post by horowizard » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:21 am

Sure, if you invert the stem it would look more like a conventional 16th note flag. The fact that the stem and flag are "inside" the note rather than outside is a statement that music as we know it and the way sound is made is about to be reinvented, and wouldn't you bet, that's exactly what Moog and other Electronic Music pioneers proceeded to successfully do.

You can also abstract that the ring is a patch point and the stem inside the ring is the contact with which your patch chord makes a connection.

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Post by paramnesia » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:21 am

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This month in 1964, the iconic Moog trademark logo was introduced.

"The musical note instantly evokes the feeling of music, while the surrounding circle, open at the top, creates a sense of unity and movement." - Bob Moog
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Re: Anybody know where the Moog logo comes from?

Post by noddyspuncture » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:30 pm

Actually, David Van Koevering's "Isle Of Electronicus" "sign" - which I now own - has the same logo... and was used in the late sixties/early seventies..!? Here are a few pics...
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